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Law Society Publishes Guidelines for Trainee Notice Periods


On January 10th 2018, the Law Society of England and Wales introduced guidance for employers regarding notice periods for the retention of trainee solicitors.

The Law Society recommends that, as a matter of good practice:

  • no later than 12 weeks prior to a trainee solicitor’s expected admission date, employers should inform the individual of a time at which they can expect to receive their employer’s decision

  • no later than 8 weeks prior to a trainee solicitor’s expected admission date, employers should inform the individual of their decision

  • in the event that an employer is unable to provide the information set out in the first two bullet points within the recommended time frame, the employer should inform the trainee that they are unable to do so and, where possible, provide reasonable information as to why it is not possible at that time.

This guidance represents the Law Society's view of good practice for employers and was agreed, following a request by the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD).

JLD considers this issue one of great importance, particularly given the uncertainties SQE may introduce.

For further assistance with updates regarding trainee solicitors, please contact ComplexHR or visit our website at ComplexHR.co.uk


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